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Leadwood: new and selected poems 1998-2018

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Leadwood is the seminal collection of Daniel Crocker's career as a poet. This work approaches the ennui and horror of midwestern life with a dark and vital humor which creates a humanity both unmistakable and relatable. Themes of Sesame Street and the Hulk mix with middle Missouri lead poisoning by corporations and bi-sexuality in rural America. This is the story of a family man struggling with identity, mania, sexuality, fatherhood and loss, and the rare poetry book that can't be put down.

Daniel Crocker is a southeastern Missouri based poet and was the first winner of the Gerald Locklin Prize in poetry. He is the editor of The Cape Rock (Southeast Missouri State University) and the co- editor of Trailer Park Quarterly. He’s also a host, with his wife Margaret Bazzell-Crocker, of the podcast, Sanesplain- ing. His work has appeared in The Los Angeles Review, Hobart, Big Muddy, New World Writing, Stirring, Juked, The Chiron Review, The Mas Tequila Review and over 100 others. His books include Like a Fish (full length) and The One Where I Ruin Your Childhood (e-chap with thousands of downloads), both from Sundress Publica- tions. Green Bean Press published several of his books in the ‘90s and early 2000s. These include People Everyday and Other Poems, Long Live the 2 of Spades, the novel The Cornstalk Man and the short story collection Do Not Look Directly into Me. He has also published several chapbooks through various presses. His previous full-length collection of poetry, Shit House Rat, was published by Spartan Press in September of 2017.